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Helpers, Heroes and Liberators
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

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Spring 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, the death of Anne Frank, and end of World War II in Europe. To commemorate these monumental events which altered the course of history, The Anne Frank Center USA will present two special exhibitions and series of programs that honor the victims, survivors and “upstanders” of World War II—the helpers, heroes and liberators. By focusing on personal stories of Holocaust survivors and the righteous rescuers who helped so many, the Center will honor the memory and legacy of Anne Frank and all those who perished 70 years ago. These programs reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that new generations know this essential history and learn to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today’s world.

All commemorative events are free for Holocaust survivors

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Artifacts and Memory: The Drawings of Nancy Patz

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

March 11 – April 30

Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Opening reception Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Inspired by an object on display at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, author and illustrator Nancy Patz’s beautiful, moving series of pencil drawings from 2003 titled Who Was the Woman Who wore the Hat? comprises subdued watercolors and old photographs.Historical and personal, these images, and the story they tell, bring the reality of the Holocaust into sharp focus through an unknown woman’s hat. The series is displayed for the first time as an exhibition at The Anne Frank Center USA, along with a selection from The Artifacts Drawings, a 2014 series exploring Holocaust artifacts and memory.

To be accompanied by a series of workshops and artist lectures.

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Funding provided by the Puffin Foundation West

 

I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Poetry after Auschwitz
Part of the Writing and Resistance literary series

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Tuesday April 28 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

In honor of National Poetry month, The AFC will host an evening of poetry commemorating the end of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Join poets Timothy Donnelly, Lynn Melnick and Matthea Harvey as they read excerpts from the remarkable writing of Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs, among others, as well as from their own work, addressing themes of remembrance, resistance and loss.

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The Helpers of the Secret Annex
A new exhibition designed in conjunction with the Anne Frank House

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

May 6 – December 30, 2015

Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Student and adult group tours available.
For more information, contact (212) 431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Opening reception Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
The exhibition will be officially opened by Rob de Vos, Consul General of the Netherlands

The Anne Frank Center USA’s newly designed exhibition focuses on the brave individuals who provided food, clothing, medicine, books and magazines for the eight people hiding in the Secret Annex and who maintained the business of Otto Frank for two years. The exhibition will include letters, photos, artifacts, slides, large framed exhibit panels, and filmed interviews with Otto Frank.

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Survivors and Liberators: A Special Program Commemorating the Liberation of Mauthausen
Family program

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Saturday May 2 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
$20 for a family ticket (consisting of 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children)

*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Suggested age 12 and up

On May 6th, 1945 when the 11th Armored Division of the U.S. Army marched into the Mauthausen Concentration camp, they were presented with an extraordinary gift. Despite their desperate and starving conditions, a group of prisoners had surreptitiously sewed scraps of sheets and jackets together to make a U.S. flag. Even though the inmates had added an extra row of stars, Colonel Richard Seibel had the flag flown over the camp as a tribute to the humanity, perseverance, and spirit of the survivors of Mauthausen.

Join us for a special event in honor of the Liberation of Mauthausen with Susan Goldman Rubin, author of The Flag with Fifty-Six Stars: A Gift from the Survivors of Mauthausen.

The program will feature liberator, Alan Moskin (pictured right), Staff Sergeant and member of the 66th infantry, 71st Division, part of General George Patton’s 3rd Army. At the beginning of May 1945, his Company participated in the liberation of the Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, a sub-camp of Mauthausen. Alan will discuss his experiences as an infantry combat soldier and a concentration camp liberator.

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The Approaching Thunder: The Literature of Liberation
Reading and Discussion with author David R. Gillham

Part of the Writing and Resistance literary series

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Tuesday May 5 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

To mark the anniversary of the liberation of Holland, author David R. Gillham will discuss his novel City of Women, a seamless blend of history and fiction which takes readers to war-torn Berlin at the height of the Nazi occupation. Sigrid Schröder works as a stenographer and lives with her mother-in-law in a Berlin flat. Outwardly, she leads an ordinary life, coping with the wartime drudgeries and the return of the bombers to her city. But she is trapped in a loveless marriage and secretly rebels when she agrees to help a young woman on her “duty year” who is trying to protect Jewish “U-Boats” in hiding from the Gestapo. In this page-turning novel, David Gillham explores what happens to ordinary people thrust into extraordinary times, and how the choices they make can be the difference between life and death.

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Conversations with Anne: The Sounds of War
Family program, ages 9 and up

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Saturday May 9 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
$20 for a family ticket (consisting of 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children)

*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Suggested age 10 and up

In honor of Victory in Europe Day, join The Anne Frank Center USA for Conversations with Anne, a 40-minute performance with an actor in the role of the young writer, followed by a 15- 20 minute Q&A where children can ask Anne questions about her life in hiding and before the war.

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Funding provided by the Netherland-America Foundation, Inc.

 

The Day We Left Hitler Behind: The Story and Legacy of the Kindertransport
Talk and Film Screening, part of AFC’s Human Rights film series

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Tuesday May 19 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

A program with Tom Wysmuller, the grand-nephew of Geertruida Wijsmuller-meijer, Dutch war hero and resistance fighter. The program will include a screening of the Academy Award winning documentary Into the Arms of Strangers.

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The Great Fire:
A Special Program with author Lou Ureneck to mark the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Tuesday May 26 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

The Great Fire: One American’s Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide tells the harrowing story of a Methodist Minister and a principled American naval officer who helped rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians. By turns harrowing and inspiring, The Great Fire uses eyewitness accounts, documents, and survivor narratives to bring this episode—extraordinary for its brutality as well as its heroism—to life. This remarkable new book explores the bravery, morality, and politics of the time, and is published to coincide with the genocide’s centennial.

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Women, War and Peace
Talk and Film Screening, part of AFC’s Human Rights film series

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Tuesday June 9 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

In advance of Malala Day in July, The Anne Frank Center USA will present a special program focusing on the impact of armed conflict on women and women’s role in peace-building. This event will include a special screening of the documentary short Poder, which tells the powerful story of girl-led change in Guatemala. The program will feature speakers from Let Girls Lead, among others.